The legendary musician was first known to some as Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus – that’s a mouthful. He was raised in a home of Elvis Presley fans, and, adopting their love for the musician, he decided on “Elvis” for his first name and took his mother’s maiden name – “Costello” – for his surname.
He legally changed his name in 1977, but the switch was short-lived when, just nine years later, he returned to his birth name of Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus.
A Love for Bogart
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, or Michael Caine, first opted to have his stage name as “Michael Scott” back in 1954. The name was already taken as a, so Caine had to be a little more creative. He finally found the stage name he was looking for when he saw a poster with one of his favorite actors - Humphrey Bogart.
The poster for the film was “The Caine Mutiny.” He was inspired and decided to add “Caine” to his name, finally becoming Michael Caine, although not legally until 2016.
These days, the name Woody Allen is very recognizable and, some might say, iconic. But the comedian and director was first known as Allan Stewart Konigsberg. At age 17, Allen went on to rename himself in order to help establish a more marketable and memorable stage name for his entertainment career.
Friends claim that the name “Woody” was from the dog of Allen’s high school crush. His name change was a good idea as there is no other name in the industry like Woody Allen!
A Regular Ol' Karen
Articles joked that the “Pretty Little Liars” star, Lucy Hale, was a liar in real life. She was given the name Karen Lucille Hale when she was born, but, as a number of modern celebrities, she chose her middle name of “Lucy” for her stage name.
Fans would probably never have guessed her real name to be Karen, but when asked on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” about her real name, she publicly admitted that her first name was, in fact, Karen.
Tina Fey, who was born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, knew that she wanted to be a comedian in middle school. Her Greek mother gave her the middle name Stamatina, which she shortened to “Tina” when she began her career in comedy.
She went on to be the first woman to be named head writer on “SNL.” Close friend and former “SNL” castmate Amy Poehler calls her “Betty,” also a nickname for Elizabeth. But she did purposely name her character “Liz Lemon” in “30 Rock” as a nod to her first name.